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Phoenix pastor accused of assaulting women and girls while ‘counseling’ them at church

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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Phoenix pastor accused of assaulting women and girls while ‘counseling’ them at church

Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:26 EDT

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Phoenix police have arrested a pastor they believe abused his position in the church to molest two women and two girls who belonged to his congregation, The Republic reports.

According to a police statement, earlier this month they were alerted to the fact that Jorge Vasquez had inappropriate sexual conduct with the women and the girls at La Roca Church, where he served as minister. He allegedly used his position in the church to take advantage of them between January 2007 and May 2014, and his victims ranged in age from 12 to 33.

The abuse usually occurred during counseling sessions or other occasions in which he found himself alone with his victims. “In his capacity as a minister he would have the occasion to provide counseling or have private meetings with these women and these girls,” Phoenix Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson said. “During the course of those meetings he would engage in some type of sexual conduct which was unsolicited.”

One of the girls said that Vasquez would make her sit on his lap and then fondle her, telling her he was “preparing her for her future husband or boyfriend.” Sgt. Thompson said that he apologized to the alleged victim’s father for this particular incident.

On Thursday, police took Vasquez into custody and charged him with six counts of child molestation, four counts of sexual abuse, four counts of kidnapping, and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Watch a report on Jorge Vasquez’s arrest via 12 News below.

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by on Aug. 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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D-Town
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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Well pedophiles are better people than atheists. Thank god it wasn't an atheist.
littlemum41
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Ewww. Creep.

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM
He's a believer, clearly he's more trustworthy.

Quoting D-Town: Well pedophiles are better people than atheists. Thank god it wasn't an atheist.
Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Aug. 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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Are the Atheists worse than or equal to the teachers at the government schools and B/M Obama? Trying to figure out where to shimmy into the line?

LadyBugMom09
by Member on Aug. 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM
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I'm a Christian and this "minister" is a disgrace to Christianity. I hope he gets the maximum sentence for his crimes.

He abused his position, betrayed his flocks trust, and worse, besmuged the name of God with his disgusting acts.

I pray for his victims and hope they get the justice they deserve both in the courts and from God himself.
Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Aug. 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM


Quoting LadyBugMom09: I'm a Christian and this "minister" is a disgrace to Christianity. I hope he gets the maximum sentence for his crimes. He abused his position, betrayed his flocks trust, and worse, besmuged the name of God with his disgusting acts. I pray for his victims and hope they get the justice they deserve both in the courts and from God himself.

AGREE

Lolitalux
by Member on Aug. 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM
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jobseeker
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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 I knew some idiot would throw the Catholic church into this.

this mas was not catholic, his church was protestant. 

Pedophiles exist in every denomination and atheist, too.

this is not a funny situation, this is disgusting and not the time to make a point that does not exist

Quoting Lolitalux:

 

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Aug. 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

I highly doubt she was throwing Catholicism into it. I think it was just a funny meme

Quoting jobseeker:

 I knew some idiot would throw the Catholic church into this.

this mas was not catholic, his church was protestant. 

Pedophiles exist in every denomination and atheist, too.

this is not a funny situation, this is disgusting and not the time to make a point that does not exist

Quoting Lolitalux:

 


Jesus has left the building...

Clairwil
by Gold Member on Aug. 18, 2014 at 2:50 AM
The 2%
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